Heroic teenagers stopped heavy traffic to rescue an injured dog

PUBLISHED: 07:00 24 July 2012

Sue Sparrow with Wendy.

Sue Sparrow with Wendy.

Claire Willcox

TWO Weston teenagers have been hailed heroes after they ran into heavy traffic to rescue a dog which had been hit by two cars.

Wendy, a bischon fries jack russell, was taken in by the charity Dogsfriends and re-homed by a Weston woman just before the accident.

Due to her background, Wendy is a scared and nervous dog and her new owner was advised to keep her in a crate while travelling.

But when they arrived home Wendy escaped as her new owner tried to get her out of the car.

Dogsfriends trustee Rose Peacock said: “We had many volunteers looking for her and she was missing for around seven hours.”

During the afternoon Wendy was his by a car at about 3pm and injured her leg. This left the frightened dog lame and at around 6.15pm, during rush-hour traffic, Wendy was hit again by a car on Winterstoke Road.

Ms Peackock said: “By some miracle there were two young Weston boys strolling down the road who saw what had happened.”

Sam Baker, aged 17, and 16-year-old Jack Insall stopped the traffic and leapt into the road to rescue injured Wendy.

Ms Peacock said: “She would have been killed by another car if they had not done that. They were real heroes.”

Sam, of Manor Farm Crescent on the Oldmixon estate, said: “I saw her come out from the back of a car and we ran over and picked her up, she was in a pretty bad state.”

A passing driver, Dan Wells, stopped and took Wendy and the boys to a local vet. At that point the teenagers were told Wendy’s injuries, which consisted of chest and head wounds and an injured leg, were so severe she would have to be put down.

Dogsfriends was called and a volunteer picked Wendy up and took her for further treatment.

Ms Peacock said: “We do not give up on any dog and so our volunteer Debbie Lock rushed her to the vets where they treated her.

“The boys saved her life, if they had not stepped in during the rushing traffic she would have been dead. They have hearts of gold.”

Bridgwater College student Sam said: “It was quite upsetting to hear at first that she may be put down but we stayed with her until we knew she was going to be safe.”

“I feel pretty happy that we did that.”

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